The future of women’s snowboarding cannot be discussed without first mentioning Hailey Langland. As a relatively unknown 14-year-old from Southern California, she stormed the competitive world by claiming a slopestyle win at the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain and has only added to her achievements since then.
Hailey has two X-Games medals, one of which being gold from the inaugural Women’s Big Air event in 2017 that she claimed by stomping a Cab double cork 1080 — a first for a woman in competition. Her dominance on the competitive circuit also secured her chance to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and launched her into the national spotlight. With her many achievements, “Yung Hails” was recognized by her peers as the 2017 Rookie of the Year during the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll, an honor that will carry significant weight as she continues to build her already impressive career in snowboarding.
Hailey knows that it takes more than skill to foster longevity in snowboarding. For her, style is everything, and her faith in making tricks look sick permeates from the effortless way she spins, grabs her board, and even how she carves. She keeps her mind sharp and creative by filling her free time with film photography on her dad’s old Canon camera, learning new musical instruments like the ukulele and piano, or searching for the perfect surf break with her SoCal friends. Keep an eye on this rising star, as there is no doubt that the best is yet to come from Hailey Langland.